Over half a million without power in Southwest Florida

Posted at 1:35 PM, Sep 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 07:06:52-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- LCEC says they continue to work to repair the main circuits, lines delivering from the sources of the power.  Once those lines are repaired they can begin to get power into neighborhoods.

Areas with the most damage will take longer to repair. Marco Island, Immokalee, Everglades City and other areas in the South will take some time and a great deal of resources - LCEC is prepared and working quick and safe to deliver.

As of 5 AM Tuesday, 160,000 LCEC customers were without power due to Hurricane Irma.  Some areas could take up to two weeks to repair.

As of 7 AM Tuesday, Florida Power & Light reports the following outages in Southwest Florida:

  • Collier County: 191,930 customers
  • Lee County: 205,520 customers
  • Charlotte County: 48,290 customers
  • Hendry County: 8,240 customers
  • Glades County: 2,430 customers

If you see a downed line, stay away from it and call 911. If a power line contacts your car, stay in the vehicle and keep others away. Never drive over downed power lines.

Keep phone lines open for emergencies. We are aware of the outages. Assessment teams are directing repair crews once they locate damage. 

Damage to meters or other facility equipment may require repair before reconnection to the grid.

Crews may be working in your area. Slow down and give the line crews plenty of room when you see a utility warning sign. Please do not disrupt their work unless it is urgent. Rest assured they are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore your power.

Just because you don’t see crews in your area doesn’t mean they aren’t working. They repair the source first and then follow repairs until it reaches your home.